The Jardin des Plantes (subway: Gare d'Austerlitz) also houses La Grande Galerie exposition building.
La Grande Galerie of the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle is at one end of the flower garden.
Just across the Grande Galerie is the magnificent Grande Mosquee de Paris.
But the imposing mosque is also a restaurant and hamman open to the public. (Click to see the prices.)
Paris then and now
The Gare de l'Est (in the background) is still at the end of the Boulevard de Strasbourg so is the renovated tabac (tobacconist's) on the right but a bus terminus has since been located in front of the railway station. The slow "coaches" have given way to the faster but less ecological buses.
The Champs Elysees is still as broad and leafy (and crammed with strollers!) today as it was in the olden days (Old photo was by Arndt Voigt).
The Lido, "the world’s most famous cabaret", opened in the Champs Elysees in 1946 and has been there ever since. The poster of Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" is fittingly by the side of the LIDO entrance as the film is an embodiment of the world-famous film director's great love for Paris.